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Ireland’s first Steam-Roller Print Project!

Steamroller Printing Project

A project initiated by Cork Printmakers and taking place as part of Art Trail 10

11am – 5pm, Saturday 27 November 2010
Old Sawmills Site, Copley Street, Cork City.

Artist members of Cork Printmakers, Brian Barry, Sean Hanrahan, Fiona Kelly and Peter McMorris;
first year students from CIT Crawford College of Art and Design, and Access with Design students from Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa.

On the 27 November in the old Sawmills site on Copley Street, seven large-scale linoleum blocks up to 6ft x 3.3ft (180cm x 100cm) will be inked-up and printed manually using a 2.5 ton Industrial Road Roller.

Each inked-up linoleum block will be placed ground level on a flat surface, and paper (or cotton material) carefully placed on top. The Road Roller will then be driven over each block to impress its image onto the paper, providing the pressure of a traditional printing press. A major advantage when using a Road Roller instead of a printing press is that size becomes unlimited. The artist is limited only by the width of the Road Roller but in theory the length can be as long as the diesel runs out! The participating artists and students of art have based their subject matter on the theme Impressions of Your City.

The Road Roller Print Event will take place over a day, as each print, due to its size, will take up to 40 minutes to ink-up, roll and pull. During the event the artists will share their skills and ideas with members of the viewing public who will also be given the opportunity to make their own small linocut to be added to one large mosaic block for printing at the end of the day.

Relief printmaking has been described as the lesser of the printmaking techniques. The Road Roller Print Event aims to dispel this label. Relief print is the most direct and accessible form of printmaking.  It creates a strong impact, and when challenged creatively and innovatively, it produces work of great imagination and freshness.

The project is taking place in association with Art Trail 10 and has been funded by Cork City Council Arts Office Project Scheme.

I’ll be doing a life-size portrait of Cork legend Michael O’Regan who has been selling the Echo for 50 years on Patrick’s St. – BB

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One Comment

  1. Martin wrote:

    You’re going to roll over the fat echo man in a steam roller! Got to see that. Good luck.

    Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

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